Reconfigured Chia Pets 

Bisected earthenware Chia Pet figurines, glaze, Salvia hispancia L. 

 

Simple investigation into combining found ceramics and horticultural practice.  Chia seeds are a complete protein and contain nearly 3 times the omega 3s and 6s of ocean caught salmon. Chia also contains a full spectrum of complex amino acids and are gluten free.

 

Salvia hispancia L or Chia is a flowering plant in the mint family native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The 16th century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times; economic historians have suggested that it was as important as maize as a food crop. It is still used in Mexico and Guatemala, with the seeds sometimes ground, while whole seeds are used for nutritious drinks and as a food source. Today, chia is grown commercially in its native Mexico and in Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Australia, and Guatemala. In 2008, Australia was the world's largest producer of chia

 

I believe Chia is a crop of the future. If we can grow it on a simple ceramic figurine we can grow it anywhere......

 

A great place to begin learning about chia is: http://www.chiativity.org